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Planck reveals first stars were born late

February 12, 2015
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite uncover the "polarised" light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought. They also include information about our own Milky Way, showing that the contribution from dust in our galaxy is much more widespread than previously thought and revealing complex structures in the Galactic magnetic field. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics developed important software components for Planck and take part in the scientific interpretation of the mission data; in particular, they contributed to the analysis of the signals from galaxy clusters, from gravitational lensing of the CMB, from Galactic dust and magnetic fields, as well as from primordial magnetic fields. [more]
 
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